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VILLANOVA RALLIES PAST ST. JOE'S ON THE DIAMOND, 3-2
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (3/18/03) - The Villanova baseball team (4-8) rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to top Saint Joseph's (1-9) at Drexel Field. The game was called after seven innings due to darkness. The Crimson and Gray claimed a 2-0 lead in the second inning. After striking out the first two Hawks in the inning, VU starter Jakendan Wolff ran into control problems. He walked the next four SJU batters, Ryan Stadanlick, Jason Volker, Nick Baldasari and Jason Tarewicz to force in the first run of the game. Senior Kevin Dougher then delivered an RBI single to make it 2-0. Three different hurlers tossed two innings apiece, keeping the WIldcats at bay. Junior Bill McCollum started, he was releived by classmate Erik Vardijan in the third. Senior Erik Holman then threw the fifth and sixth frames. The Villanova rally came in the seventh against sophomore Ryan Hoagey. The inning opened modestly with a ground out to second. VU then picked up an infield single and a RBI double to left field. The WIldcats then snuck a single through the left side to put runners at the corners. A ground ball to third base brought home the tying run and put a runner in scoring position at second base. A wild pitch moved the winning run 90-feet away. The 'Cats plated the game-winning run with a single up the middle. St. Joe's got a couple of men aboard in the eighth, but could not bring in the tying run. Hoagey (0-1) suffered the loss for SJU, while John Yeager picked up the win with 4.0 innings of shutout relief for Villanova. Dan Farino earned the save. The three Wildcat pitchers combined to strikeout 16 Hawks. SJU returns to the field on Wednesday when it hosts Pennsylvania in its first home game of the season at Latshaw-McCarthy FIeld at 3:00 PM.